Food Is Not Your Enemy

Nutritionists and Dieticians Influenced by Food Industry Giants

Disturbing piece about just how much sway companies like McDonald’s, Kraft, and Coca-Cola have over the American Dietetic Association (ADA) and its members. These companies are now actually exhorting the dieticians and nutritionists who are ADA members to encourage their clients to eat processed food, as processed foods “represent sources of important nutrients,” according to one exec.

It’s nice to see that some members are walking away from the ADA as a result of Coca-Cola sponsorships and the like.

This is one of the reasons I chose not to pursue a career as a registered dietician, and instead went the alternative route to become a holistic nutrition counselor. My approach and my recommendations are based on using whole foods and science not funded by the food industry. The fact that some dieticians are buying into what the likes of Kellogg’s has to say about proper eating is pretty alarming.

A White, Fatty Food That’s Actually Healthy
September 9, 2011, 4:42 pm
Filed under: Fruits, Oils, Recipes | Tags: , , , ,

Americans generally fear any food that is calorie-dense. This makes sense when you’re staring at the Aussie Cheese Fries at an Outback Steakhouse (2,140 calories). But not when faced with a coconut.

While coconuts cannot be classified as a low-calorie food–a tablespoon of pureed coconut flesh has 100 calories–they are among the healthiest foods you can eat. Among the benefits of coconut flesh, cream, and oil:

  • They strengthen the immune system
  • The type of saturated fat found in coconut products supports the thyroid gland, nervous system, skin, and provides a quick shot of energy
  • They increase metabolism
  • They support the formation of healthy HDL cholesterol
  • They’re rich in antioxidants, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, iodine, and many trace minerals
  • They improve digestion
  • They are anti-aging
  • They contain lauric acid, a saturated fatty acid that has antiviral, antifungal, and antimicrobial properties
  • They stabilize blood sugar
  • They are incredibly filling–you can go several hours without being hungry after consuming coconut

Now does it seem worth the 100 calories per tablespoon? I look at it this way: We need a certain amount of calories each day, and those calories need to come from somewhere–I’d rather they come from a food that will deeply nourish and satisfy me than from junk food that will leave me sleepy, irritable, and wanting to eat more and more. I’ve regularly been adding two tablespoons of this stuff called Coconut Manna, which is pureed coconut, to my fruit smoothies, and I can attest that not only are these smoothies delicious, but they’re very filling (they make a great breakfast–recipe below).

So yes, there is in fact a food that is white and fatty but good for you! Give coconut a try and see what you think.

Tropical Fruit Smoothie

1 banana

1/2 cup frozen mango chunks

2 tbsp. pureed coconut

1/2-1 cup orange juice

Put all ingredients in blender. Blend until smooth.